Port Erin are known for hopping genres as easily as you or I might flick through TV channels – funk, psychedelia, jazz grooves, trippy progressive rock and out and out pop have all been easily mastered by this mercurial trio. On the first single ahead of their forth-coming album, Ocean Grey, they find themselves weaving Floydian dreamtimes and melancholic atmospheres into cinematic soundscapes.
As always it seems to come natural to them and with a video that also seems built from the same enigmatic minimalism it is both rich and haunting like a modern take on an Ingmar Bergman piece, film as art and music as cinema. For all of its length (over eight and a half minutes is a long time in this short span dominated world) and subtle nature it is captivating music, hypnotic even, all textured undertones and gentle layers but takes a far from obvious journey.
Most people setting out to make a record this deft and understated would wash keyboard sounds together and leave big holes in the result to signify atmosphere and spacial awareness. Port Erin are cleverer than that and whilst there is always a lot happening; rhythmic guitars, distant brass, shuffling drums, chiming electronica, gently wandering dynamics, slow-burning builds, chattering background vocals and bass notes which provide the dots that allow all the relevant lines to be drawn, it is how this is all threaded together that makes it a master class in musical cunning, understatement and brilliant production restraint.